New York Fashion Week may be coming to a close, but don’t fret — London Fashion Week has arrived. And with hot U.K. labels like Stella McCartney, Temperley London, and Burberry Prorsum showing this season, we know that the catwalk will be just as innovative across the pond as it was here in New York. Plus, tons of celebs, models, and designers will be out and about in their finest fashions. (Duh.) They’ll be hitting up the hottest restaurants, bars, and clubs in the city — so get ahead of the curve and check out the see-and-be-seen spots in London for the fashion elite.
THE HOTEL: Langham Hotel London; Marylebone
THE HOT SPOT: Afternoon Tea
WHY IT’S HOT: One thing London has that New York doesn’t? Afternoon tea. The Langham Hotel, a 5-pearl spot that oozes exclusivity (which the front-row crowd loves), has a great West End location in Marylebone that’s within walking distance of numerous designer shops (should you have forgotten that must-wear LBD). But the Langham’s Palm Court is noted as the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition, dating back to the hotel’s opening in 1865. Fashionistas can enjoy sipping on tea selected by their sommelier and nibble on dainty finger foods before heading off to the next show — without popping your pants button.
THE HOTEL: Ambassadors Bloomsbury; Bloomsbury
THE HOT SPOT: Happy Hour
WHY IT’S HOT: The 100-room Ambassadors Bloomsbury is located in the historic literary heart of London. Rather than having the opulent look that many luxury hotels in London boast, Ambassadors has a chic, modern feel that extends to its popular bar, Number Twelve. Head over around 5 o’clock and order up a cocktail while you mingle with glamouratti, like the fruity Basil Bramble made with basil, blackberries, sloe gin, and Creme de Mure. Still missing NYFW? Fine, order the Perfect Manhattan.
THE HOTEL: St. James’s Hotel and Club; Mayfair
THE HOT SPOT: Dinner
WHY IT’S HOT: All dining services at the St. James’s Hotel are directed by Michelin star executive chef William Drabble. The Seven Park Place restaurant focuses on modern French cuisine utilizing seasonal British ingredients, with entrees such as a roasted filet of sea bass with braised artichokes and parsley puree and Lune Valley lamb with turnips and thyme. After veritably starving themselves all day, models can indulge on uber-tempting desserts too, like dark chocolate mouse cake.
THE HOTEL: Baglioni Hotel London; Kensington
THE HOT SPOT: The Late-Night Party
WHY IT’S HOT: In the upscale neighborhood of Kensington, Baglioni Hotel overlooks Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. Though it’s a bit past it’s glory days, the hotel’s bar and club Boutique 60 is a popular late-night spot for sophisticated types — right up Fashion Weekers allies. (Literally, the party does not stop. All. Night.) With a chill, lounge vibe, the bar is open til the wee hours of the morning and celebs like Christina Aguilera and Will Smith have been spotted here.